I have been trying to repair a laptop that simply beeps instead of booting. After taking it apart I have now realised that it is the hard disk beeping. I know that may sound strange but I guarantee that is what it is! (Currently powered on it's own with a Sata Mains lead).
The beeping is slightly faster than one per second there is a link to this recording.
This recording was made resting the mic on the hard disk while it was sat on a table on it's own, there are no speakers anywhere near, the sound is coming from the hard disk.
Does anyone know what this beep means? Is the hard drive just dead, or is it fixable and the data recoverable?